Contract renewed for Seniors’ Housing Centre
A new contract for the Seniors’ Housing Centre will ensure the partnership between Consumer Protection and peak seniors’ organisation, the Council on the Ageing Western Australia (COTA WA), will continue to help seniors get advice about housing options.
The centre is funded by the State Government through the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Local Government and Communities.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the $330,000 per annum, three-year contract continued the Government’s commitment to deliver free, independent information and advice about the full range of housing options for seniors in WA.
“This new contract will ensure a central Perth location is available for face-to-face meetings with people over-55 wishing to discuss the range of housing options available to them as they plan for their retirement and beyond,” Mr Mischin said.
“This partnership will ensure seniors have continued access to information regarding the many housing options available; from modifying or redeveloping existing homes to renting or moving into strata titled community housing, a residential park or retirement village.”
Seniors and Volunteering and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the centre had been well used since opening in September 2011, with about 6,600 people seeking advice by phone, email or in person. Information sessions and seminars held across WA had reached another 10,000 seniors.
Mr Simpson said the centre helped people make informed decisions about future accommodation to suit their changing lifestyles.
“We’re helping seniors ask the right questions when investigating their housing options and directing them to specialists when needed,” he said.
Mr Simpson said as part of the contract, COTA would organise a series of seminars and information sessions in major regional centres. The Department of Commerce offices in Bunbury, Albany, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Geraldton, Karratha and Broome would also be able to provide assistance locally.
The Seniors’ Housing Centre is on the second floor of 140 William Street, Perth. Phone the Seniors’ Housing Centre on 1300 367 057 or visit Consumer Protection’s website for more information.
Commerce Minister’s office - 6552 5600
Minister Simpson’s office - 6552 6600
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